West Indies’ Holder doubtful for must-win game against South Africa

Bridgetown, June 22 (IANS) West Indies might have to play their must-win game against South Africa on Friday without their captain Jason Holder, who injured his hamstring during their last One-Day International (ODI) against Australia.

The lanky all-rounder could only hurl two overs before leaving the field on Tuesday which forced the hosts to bowl stand-in captain Kieron Pollard and part-time leg-spinner Andre Fletcher.

Australia reached the target of 284 with eight balls to spare and now Friday’s tie is an eliminator for the hosts.

“I’ve strained my left hamstring,” Holder was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.com.

“Hopefully I’ll be ready for the game on Friday, still not sure at the moment. I think the bowlers made a very good attempt at trying to defend the runs. It was just unfortunate we were one bowler short.”

“Fletcher came on and slipped in three tight overs. In hindsight he probably could have gone on for two more. Having said that we fought right down to the end with a bowler short, so credit must go to the bowling unit.”



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